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Abridged Education & Experience

Resume: Welcome
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2021 - 2023

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Part of CV Life, the Turner Prize 2021 and at the heart of Coventry City of Culture 2021 celebrations and legacy.

To build strong community partnerships which ensure co-curated activities and projects.  A key focus was on continuing the development of a resilient and sustainable service for Warwickshire's communities and supporting teams to create audience-focused programming.  Specialist liaison with 'not yet found' and neurodivergent communities; and enhancement of the institutional space to welcome all.

Projects

  • Community Garden - built collaboratively a cross-community accessible raised bed art garden in response to local consultation and work with the Natural History Museum and their 'Dippy the Dinosaur' installation.

  • Divided Selves - curated by Hammad Nasar MBE this exhibition explored ideas of belonging and living together when the world is under tension. I led a collaborative flag-making project with four diverse community groups inspired by the works of Larry Achiampong which resulted in the development of a permanent community exhibition area in the gallery.

  • Work On Walls - diverse artwork meticulously hand-drawn, painted, sprayed, or stuck onto the gallery's walls. It was enriched with community responses and installations that used the museum's collections for inspiration, making it truly unique. Working with Art Riot Collective and Mim, we produced a breathtaking installation using kaleidoscopes and the stained glass windows of Coventry Cathedral. With Escape Arts' youth group, stunning animal motifs were created with Roo adorning a massive interior gallery wall; we included learning the art of spray painting in response to the natural history collection. These works were complimented by a series of large-scale spray art pieces developed by communities within spaces in the city.

  • Coventry Open - set up to showcase local talent and provide selling opportunities for artists, it celebrated the quality and diversity of art produced in the West Midlands region. This exhibition was the twelfth and the first to include: a young people's showcase, giving artists aged 15-18 a chance to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting, use an online submission portal, and the ditching of hanging rules. As the community coordinator, I was committed to enhancing participation and diversity. I increased the typical number of submissions from around 500 to over 1,000. I did this by developing a grassroots roadshow in community places and an easy-to-use guide to participation to encourage more to submit their work.

  • Grown Up In Britain - celebrated a century of teenage life in the UK. It chronicled young people's experiences, culture and impact through photographs, objects and stories, exploring what unites across generationsI worked with Coventry and Warwickshire communities to discover photographic histories of growing up by organising capture roadshows around the region. In addition, I collaborated closely with a college offering opportunities for young people (age 16-25) with complex disabilities and learning difficulties and a Stratford youth club where we taught photographic skills to capture their experiences and environment. These pieces and the donated submissions were shown as part of the exhibition.

  • Twenty Years - an interactive installation that invited visitors to reflect on the past 20 years and explore their visions for the future. Participants contributed their thoughts, memories, and predictions onto categorised index cards added to a timeline mural. This growing archive aimed to record people's recollections, hopes, and fears and was shown at different locations and settings across the UK and internationally. Twenty Years encouraged new and existing audiences to engage with the construction of contemporary art and socio-political debate as active participants. I ran community sessions around the region on behalf of Bennett & McDermott to generate initial cards to encourage participation in the gallery installation, and take it to those that could not attend.

2019 - Present

Freelance Artist
 

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I love collaborating and connecting and hope my enthusiasm for finding the creativity or beauty in the overlooked is shared.

Adventures

  • King Edward VI College - artist in residence for a 6th form specialist college in Nuneaton, with a foundation art degree offering.  I worked within the art department and college at large to promote and teach the use of art textiles as a means of expression, and to demonstrate the practices of a working artist. Member of  Wellbeing Strategy Working Party to develop strategies and support staff mental health.  I brought and managed the opportunity for the college to be part of Coventry City of Culture, 2021 through the co-curation of banners for the opening ceremony.

 

  •  'The Risers' - selected as one of ten artists to exhibit and be internationally promoted for COVert Arts, Fargo Village, 2021.

  • 'Sew What?' - an Arts Council England-funded participatory slow mindful stitch embroidery project running between International Women's Day 2021 and Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. The focus was on developing self-soothing techniques in women from non-traditional stitch backgrounds.  Over 100 women participated.

  • Choose To Challenge Quilt And Coat  - the second phase of the 'Sew What?' project, to spread authentic and supportive messages through quiet, creative, mindful, and collective means. Participants were encouraged to stitch wisdom concerning what they would tell their 16-year-old self.  Over 50 women created reflective, mindfully stitched squares made into a banner (later developed into a coat to share at the 'Festival of Lights' in association with Foleshill Creates, and a Women's Convention hosted by Coventry Haven.) This banner was exhibited at the Festival of Quilts, Europe's most extensive patchwork and quilting event, in August 2023.  This piece is now permanently displayed at the Marlene Reid Centre in Coalville.

  • 'Walking Forest' - selected as an artist member and anchorwoman of a 10-year artwork exploring links with activism, natural forest networks and communities.  This culminates in the planting of a new international woodland by 2028. We initially staged an intervention in Coventry city centre which went on to culminate at COP26 in Glasgow. 

  • Sanctuary - Built To Burn. Designed To Heal - participated in 'Processions' as a support artist, and later became an Artichoke Heart to support community arts experiences. Through this, I got to work on 'Sanctuary', a temporary structure built by the community to commemorate the nation's loss during COVID-19. Artichoke and American artist David Best collaborated with the locals to build an intricately carved wooden structure in Miners' Welfare Park, Bedworth. Sanctuary remained open for seven days and offered a space for people to remember those lost and affected by COVID-19. A spectacular finale event saw Sanctuary burnt as a beacon of hope to mark the community's rebirth, recovery, and regeneration.

  • Sitting Rooms Of Culture - textile artist collaborator to their 'Settee of Culture' and new showcase area in Coventry Market. 

  • Welcome To Coventry - contributed a stitched piece as part of the Coventry train station welcome sign redesign and the opening of the new concourse (Coventry City of Culture, 2021.) City residents made a 130kg, 2m-wide 'welcome' sign. Each added their own design to represent their love for the city.

  • Common Threads Project  - stitched a piece that was videoed for New York (US) based Thanksgiving promotions of 2020 to raise money. I later went on to curate a selection of their story cloths as part of the international conference 'Preventing Sexual Violence In Conflict,' in the City of Westminster. I am a supporter of this charity to help create pathways to healing. 

  • Archaeological Dig - with the University of Leicester I offered my garden as a dig site as part of a village-wide archaeological dig with Bosworth Links. Test pit 48 was my garden.

 

  • Website - learned to create and develop my own website to showcase practice, record events, and denote learning journey (Apple Mac.)

  • Fine Cell Work - Attended local prison and was accepted onto the scheme as a volunteer tutor to teach prison stitchers embroidery, needlepoint and quilting so they would reach a skill level high enough that they can be paid to produce Fine Cell Work products. Still awaiting placement.

2018 - Present

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As part of ‘Processions’ organised by Artichoke, I made a small group banner created for a mass participation artwork to commemorate 100 years of suffrage, representing Wolverhampton Women in Cardiff; and a second large group banner of the ‘100 Years 100 Banners’ commission created with Disability Arts in Shropshire (DASH) to recognise the women of Shropshire, again displayed in Cardiff, Ipswich SPILL festival, Ikon Gallery Birmingham, ‘Celebrating Processions: Exhibition of Textile Banners’ Coventry Festival of Imagineers. Permanently stored in V&A collection. As a result, I became an Artichoke Heart supporter. The large banner featured in Artichoke, 'Women Making History: PROCESSIONS: The Banners,' 2020, 128-129.

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2018 

Volunteer Designer,
Bosworth In Bloom

Helped to design the commemorative suffrage flowerbed as part of RHS Britain In Bloom national competition; village awarded Champion of Champion Gold Award.

2012 - 2019

Self Employed,
No Distance Far 
Embroidery

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Computer-aided design and manufacture of embroidery designs for local businesses and sports teams.

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2004 - 2015

Company Secretary,
Supported Housing

Rose from secondment to company secretary in supported housing for adults with complex needs.

2008

Collaboration,
Jades Flower Design

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Collaboration to create designer bouquets with textile flair as shown on the catwalk at Essex FM Wedding Fayre, Brentwood, and featured in ‘Essex Life’, ‘Pure Weddings’, ‘Essex Weddings’.

1995 - 2004

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Operations Director,
Supported Living

Held a variety of positions including activities officer, mental health support worker and then became part of the start-up team for developing a new model of supporting adults with complex needs in the community. The idea morphed into supported living. Company purchased by venture capitalists.

 

Worked alongside those of mental health, learning disability, physical disability, and older persons' issues groups.  

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2005 - Present

Technical Education, Various

  • Sustainable cultural productions: lessons from the sector, The Space

  • Carbon literacy training - arts and culture, SAIL

  • Carbon literacy training - communities and individuals, Sustainable(ish)

  • Vacuum forming, University of Warwick

  • Lightroom mobile and Photoshop for photographers, Udemy

  • Art photography: how to photograph your art and illustrations, Udemy

  • Impact and insight toolkit, Counting What Counts

  • Content creation and editing for Instagram stories, Domestika

  • Introductory filmmaking, Piece Of String Media

  • Video editing workshop with Bertie Cordingley, The Bighouse, Nottingham

  • Websites unpicked with Charlotte Jordan, The Bighouse, Nottingham

  • Blogging for business and working with influencers with Jen Lowthorp, The Bighouse, Nottingham

  • Creating online video with the iPhone, in Learning

  • Learning the lightroom ecosystem, LinkedIn

  • Website introduction and development using Wix Advanced method, Wix

  • Website introduction, Squarespace

  • Lightroom CC first look, in Learning

  • Photoshop 2020 essential training, in Learning

  • Lightroom classic CC and Photoshop workflows, in Learning

  • Brother PR655 entrepreneur semi-professional embroidery machine and software training (PE design 6 and later PE design next), Stocks Embroidery and Sewing Solutions

  • Brother Inno-vis 1200 embroidery machine and software training, Lords Sew Knit Centre

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1998 - Present

Support Education, Various

  • Nature and heritage buddying, National Association of Social Prescribing

  • CivicLAB conference 2023, University of Derby

  • Convene, challenge, connect - launch event, Culture Central

  • Culture people and places - what's going on?, Culture Central

  • Methane mitigation conference, UN Geneva

  • Changemaker University, Grapevine (Coventry and Warwickshire) Limited

  • 2nd International Arts and Homelessness Summit, Coventry

  • Supporting neuro divergency, Project Artworks and The Herbert 

  • Amplifying unheard voices, Common Threads Project and United Nations Organisations

  • Understanding neglect and its role in adolescence, Leicester Safeguarding Children Partnership Board

  • Core awareness in safeguarding children and young people, Leicester Safeguarding Children Partnership Board

  • Terrorist evacuation, King Edward VI College

  • Fire marshal, King Edward VI College

  • Safeguarding and protecting children, UK Coaching

  • Getting to grips with housing benefit, Chris Smith HB Help

  • Cert - Team management (children), Loughborough University

  • Trainer level - Breakaway and restraint, Blackpool Mental Health

  • Cert in management, ILM

  • An introduction to housing benefit and council tax benefit, Zebra Business Services

  • Reform of the 1954 act, Halliwell Landau

  • HB overpayments and related matters, Zebra Business Services

  • Trainer level - Manual Handling, Allied Business School

  • Customer service skills, learndirect Limited

  • Developing yourself as a manager, learndirect Limited

  • Agreeing objectives, learndirect Limited

  • Appraisal skills, Peninsula UK

  • Leading a team, learndirect Limited

  • Appraisal interviewing, learndirect Limited

  • Skill control - skills and capabilities, learndirect Limited

  • Basic health and safety, ROSPA and CIEH

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1995 - Present

Art & Therapy Education, Various

  • NCFE Cache level 2 certificate in understanding domestic abuse 

  • Working with children and young people to respond to the climate and ecological emergency, Kids in Museums

  • Dementia awareness and reminiscence therapy, Alzheimer's Society

  • Loving sashiko fundamentals - Zen Stitching

  • Sensory tours and trails - sharing event with Julia Collat, MK Gallery

  • Engaging audiences with modern and contemporary art, The Courtauld Gallery

  • Conflict transformation: your practical toolkit for peacebuilding, Peace Direct

  • Creative reminiscence collection training , Creative Reminiscence Collection

  • Artworks alliance gathering - Wellbeing, Artworks Alliance

  • Dementia friend and reminiscence delivery, Alzheimer's Society

  • Faith awareness, Together In Action

  • Art after work, Arty-Folks

  • Addiction: a community issue, LinkedIn

  • How can art destabilise stereotypes?, Wendy.network

  • Humanitarian action and art therapy, UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency

  • Alcohol and drugs - delivering a brief intervention, Aquarius Life

  • Mental wellbeing check-in and introduction to mindfulness, The Wellness Movement

  • Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace seminar, Breathe

  • Mental health for psychologists, Lifekeys

  • Unconcious bias, LinkedIn

  • Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, Sarah Murphy, Rethink

  • Public fundraising, David Burgess, VAA

  • Creative genius, Heidi Hinda Chadwick, Air Gallery

  • Textile artist event for schools, colleges and education, Jessica Grady

  • How to begin, week-long artist adventure, Louise Orwin

  • 4 Week experiential story cloth circle, Common Threads Project, USA

  • Art, healing and public health, London Drawing Group

  • Adv cert - Stress and anxiety management, Salford College

  • Adv cert - Therapeutic hypnosis, Salford College

  • Creative relationship skills, European Therapy Studies Institute

  • Effective anxiety management without drugs, European Therapy Studies Institute

  • Introduction to reminiscence therapy, Age Exchange

  • Working with grief and loss in children and adolescents, Counselling and Bereavement Counselling

  • Level 3 counselling (qualified psychotherapist), Salford College

  • Level 2 counselling, Salford College

  • Level 1 counselling, Bolton Community Education

  • Cert - Creative therapy

  • BTEC - Continuing education

  • Intro to reminiscence therapy, Age Exchange Reminiscence Centre

  • Creative activities with older people, Age Concern Training

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1994

BSc Hons Class 2.1 Textile Design & Design Management (Course Prize),
The University Of Manchester, Institute Of Science & Technology (UMIST)

Degree show and won Umbro Design Award – Most Innovation (Football Fabric & Strip Design), 1992.

1991

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School Prizes,
Bolton School

Susan Mary Simpson Art Prize and Bolton School Prize for Textiles

Full scholarship award.

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1990

Commission,
Bolton School

Retirement of Lord Leverhulme commemorative textile piece commission; in a private collection.

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